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HHS tennis fourth in home tournament

The Hillsboro High School boys tennis team placed fourth out of seven teams Thursday in the Hillsboro Invitational.

Grant Shewey defeated Greg Rader of Chapman, 8-2, in the opening round of the No. 1 singles bracket. He also defeated Ross Rasmussen of Conway Springs, 8-5, before losing to Jordan Stewart of Sterling, 8-1, in the finals to place second.

The No. 1 doubles team of Harry Faber and Daniel Gray began play by defeating Chapman, 8-5. They lost to Hutch Trinity in the semifinals, 8-2, and to Sterling in the third-place game, finishing fourth.

Jarod Hamm defeated David Prosch of Chapman, 8-0, in the opening round of the No. 2 singles bracket. Hamm lost to Eric Banning of Hutch Trinity in the semifinals, 8-3, but rebounded in the third-place match to defeat Shane Wheeler of Sterling, 8-1.

The No. 2 doubles team of Jeff Pritchard and Tyler Funk began the tournament with a loss to Hutch Trinity, 8-0, but put together victories over Smoky Valley, 8-6, and Chapman, 8-1, to finish in fifth place.

Also competing in the No. 2 doubles bracket was the team of Diego Castillo and Nodari Lomidze. They posted a record of 0-3 for the day with losses to Sterling, 8-0; Chapman, 8-1; and Smoky Valley, 8-6.

Smoky Valley

The Trojans finished fourth out of eight teams April 5 in the Ron Dahlsten Tennis Classic at Smoky Valley High School.

Shewey finished fifth in the singles tournament. He defeated Lian Kahmeyer of Pratt, 8-5, but lost to Conner Chambers of Smoky Valley in the second round, 8-6. He then defeated teammate Hamm, 8-4, and Keegan LeFevre of Hesston, 8-5.

“Grant almost was in the semifinals, losing a close match 8-6 that would have put him in the final four,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “But, he continued to play well enough to earn the fifth place medal after going 3-1 on the day.”

Hamm finished seventh. He defeated Kaynan Anderson of Abilene, 8-1, but lost to Quinn Dippel of Smoky Valley, 8-0, in the second round. After losing to Shewey, he defeated Thomas Mayberry of Pratt, 8-3.

The doubles team of Faber and Gray lost to a team from Smoky Valley in the first round, 8-7. They then went on to defeat a team from Pratt, 8-4, a second team from Smoky Valley, 8-4, and a team from Abilene, 8-7.

“The doubles team of Harry and Daniel played well after a very close first round match where they lost in a tiebreaker,” Holmes said. “Harry and Daniel went on to win the consolation bracket and medal with a 3-1 record for the day, coming from behind to win a tiebreaker in the consolation finals.”

The doubles team of Lomidze and Pritchard lost in the first round to a Smoky Valley team, 8-0, and then lost in the second round to a team from Abilene, 8-0.

“The guys had a good day with three of our four entries having a lot of success,” Holmes said. “Even our No. 2 doubles team of Nodari Lomidze and Jeff Pritchard, who are both new to varsity tennis, were competitive, almost winning their last match, which went to a tiebreaker.”

The Trojans play again 10 a.m. April 26 at Hesston.

Last modified April 14, 2011